Jon Walter ’10 and Environmental Studies Prof. Rud Platt published a paper in the Aug. 15, 2013 issue of Forest Ecology and Management titled, “Multi-temporal analysis reveals that predictors of mountain pine beetle infestation change during outbreak cycles.”
“While a student at Gettysburg, courses in ecology and geographical information systems (GIS) prompted my interest in how the populations of organisms change through time and in space, and how these changes are influenced by the characteristics of the landscapes they inhabit,” Walter said.
In this paper, which began as Walter’s environmental studies senior thesis, satellite images were used to monitor the death of trees resulting from a severe mountain pine beetle outbreak in Colorado from 2003 to 2010 and analyze how forest characteristics and topography influence the spread of infestation.
“The most significant contribution of this work is that it’s the first paper to demonstrate that, over the course of an outbreak cycle, the environmental characteristics of infested areas tend to change,” said Walter. “If the pattern of change proves to be predictable, this knowledge could aid managers in targeting interventions that reduce beetle populations and prevent damage to forest resources.”
Since graduating from Gettysburg College in 2010, Walter has continued research on the population dynamics of forest pest insects as a PhD student at the University of Virginia. His dissertation focuses on explaining patterns of geographic variability in the spread of the gypsy moth, a Eurasian forest pest that has been invading North America since the late 1860′s.
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Congratulations to all ES majors who received awards at Fall Honor’s Day!
Alyson Hampsh (Phi Beta Kappa)
Megan Bailey (Linnean Award; Dr. Carl Arnold President Emeritus- Leadership Award)
Katherine Cavanaugh (Samuel Garver Latin Prize)
Dori Gorczyca (Edwin T. Greninger ’41 Award in History; James Hamilton and Lucretia Irvine Boyd Hartzell Award)
Siobhan McIlhoney (Dr. John W. Ostrom Composition Award)
Natasha Eulberg (Dr. John W. Ostrom Composition Award)
Stephani Adamczak (J. Andrew Marsh Memorial Award)
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies – Marine Ecology (1-year position)
Gettysburg College invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position at the rank of assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Department (http://www.gettysburg.edu/academics/es/) to begin August, 2014.
The successful candidate must have a PhD in marine ecology or related discipline, have a commitment to teaching in the liberal arts tradition, and have a willingness to involve undergraduate students in his or her research. The successful candidate will teach introductory courses to majors and non-majors, as well as upper level courses in his/her area of expertise.
Applicants should apply online at: http://gettysburg.peopleadmin.com/postings/744. A cover letter, curriculum vitae and statement of teaching and research goals should be submitted under the portfolio section. In addition, applicants should enter the names and email addresses of three individuals who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation. At least one individual should be able to speak to the candidate’s teaching effectiveness.
Review of applications will begin November 22, 2013 and continue until a successful candidate is found.
Inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Rud Platt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gettysburg College is a highly selective liberal arts college located within 90 minutes of the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. Established in 1832, the College has a rich history and is situated on a 220-acre campus with an enrollment of approximately 2,600 students. Gettysburg College celebrates diversity and welcomes applications from members of any group that has been historically underrepresented in the American academy. The College assures equal employment opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, and disability.
New Booz Allen Hamilton consultant and recent graduate Valerie Leone is on her way to a fulfilling career. Leone’s interested in GEOINT was piqued when she had the opportunity to participate in a USGIF externship while pursuing her bachelor of science in environmental studies and public policy at Gettysburg College.
“I completed an introduction to GIS and an environmental applications of GIS course that complemented my degree,” said Leone. “I really enjoyed GIS and how it can be applied to practically anything.”
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Becky Swerida ’10 recently finished her MS at the University of Maryland, and is now a senior biologist at a regulatory laboratory, Wildlife International, in Easton, MD, which works directly with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). See her full story here:
Randall K. Wilson
Department of Environmental Studies
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